A great city is often judged by the caliber of the dive bars in town. Las Vegas has some really great dive bars. Is it any wonder that a few of those classic dive bars are located in beautiful Downtown? The oldest bar in town is one of the locals’ favorites. Atomic Liquors opened in 1945 as Virginia’s Cafe at 917 Fremont Street boasting the first package liquor license and permit. The original owner Joe Sobchik realized that his customers seemed more excited about sampling his secret ingredient ‘Atomic Cocktails” while watching the blasts from the test site, so, in 1952, the bar was renamed Atomic Liquors. A large wrap around bar was constructed and they built a huge one of a kind neon sign that has become a Vegas landmark. The bar was purchased in 2012 from the Sobchiks son by a group of investors. It has been restored to its original glory and is once again THE place to hang out on Fremont Street. The operating hours are Monday- Wednesday 4 PM – Midnight; Thursday and Friday 4 PM -4 AM; Saturday 11 AM- 4 AM; and Sunday 11 AM- Midnight. A host of celebrities from the Rat Pack to Barbara Streisand drank here. History, free parking, and drink specials…what more could you ask for?!
Frankies Tiki Room is a special place whether you are a tiki enthusiast or not. A great escape to the wonderful world of tiki tradition. Fabulous rum drinks like the traditional scorpion or zombie, signature drinks such as the Tiki Bandit or the Thurston Howl, gaming at the bar and TIKI! This Vegas mainstay offers an authentic tiki experience from the original interior designed and built by Bamboo Ben, the world’s foremost tiki designer to the surf music that calls to mind exotic tropical locales. Frankies signature tiki is a large island warrior done by Crazy Al Evans. The lounge is a haven for tiki enthusiasts, as it features art and carvings by many of the world’s great tiki artists. The vibe is enhanced by the eclectic music and the loyal locals who hang out here. Stop by soon and look around for tiki and art done by Tiki Bosco, Tiki Ray, Leroy Schmaltz and other well-known artists. Many visitors to Frankies add this bar to their Vegas trip every time as this bar is a one of a kind experience not to be missed.
The Huntridge Tavern is a downtown dive bar that has been serving locals and visitors alike since 1962. As a native, this is the bar that defined Dive Bar for me from the moment I reached legal drinking age. It’s small enough to be a neighborhood bar but inviting enough to bring my out of town guests. The drinks are cheap, the patrons are loyal and hilarious, and the owner/sometimes bartender (Katie) is so friendly you’ll want to return to hear more stories. There’s a television tuned to sports usually and almost always some guy on one of the stools who can tell you anything you need to know about absolutely anything- even if you don’t want to know. Located on the southwest corner of Charleston and Maryland Parkway, it is easy to get to with plenty of parking. Physically connected to the Huntridge Pharmacy and Soda Fountain, you can have a beer after getting lunch at the counter! You can’t beat that with a bat! The bar is open 24 hours, so stop anytime.